This may be a good time to have a live whisky tasting on occasion.
Crispy Critter wrote:Tonight, I just killed off a Caol Ila 18 OB with a very generous dram. Mmmmmmmm, good stuff! It's a mellowed-by-time type of Islay dram, with a nice sweet touch inside the peat. It doesn't seem as smoky as Lagavulin 16 - it's closer to Laphroaig 15 in character.
I still have a few more bottles to drain before I open something new, though.
Just poured a little nip of Knob Creek bourbon...
I'm sipping St. Magdalene 19yo again after opening another bottle to inspect cork integrity. Out of 4 bottles I've opened 1 has had serious cork damage (dry and crumbled), 2 were a bit spongy and weak and 1 is in perfect shape which I've preserved with gas and recorked.
Based on 12 bottles I've received I'm predicting 25% of stock will spoil over the next few years. The corked (crumbled) bottle still tastes good but riper and slightly bitter.
hmmm... make that just "bitter". What a shame
wpt wrote: i have had a talisker 20yo become "corked". my supposition was the bottle was laying on its side for some time at the merchants shop and the high alcohol content aids in cork disintegration